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NJ Representative Runyan retiring after two terms

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November 7, 2013

By Megan Busse

TRENTON,New Jersey: New Jersey Representative Jon Runyan (R) announced on November 6, 2013 that he would not seek re-election in 2014. He is the current representative from New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. Runyan released a statement explaining his decision: "Politics shouldn't be a career and I never intended to make it one. While it has truly been an honor to serve the people of New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority."[1]

Several sources suggested Runyan was fed up with the gridlock in Congress and the October shutdown.[2]

Runyan won election in 2010. Prior to his stint in Congress, Runyan played in the NFL for the Houston Oilers, now known as the Tennessee Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles. He made two Super Bowl appearances, one in 2000 with the Titans and another in 2004 with the Eagles.[3]

Runyan notably voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, an amendment that would limit abortions after 20 weeks. Runyan was one of only six Republicans who voted against the bill.[4]

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